Expertise DescriptionI have over 50 years experience as a Laboratory Director specializing in mechanical design engineering, with an emphasis in all phases of industrial equipment and machinery design, vibration, including fans, blowers, motors, generators, engines, couplings, gearboxes, dynamometers and rolling mills. My expertise includes: troubleshooting of aircraft gas turbine engines and accessories, auxiliary power units, rotary wing drive gearboxes and gear trains. My expertise also includes: various motors, blowers, and variable frequency drives as well as ship propulsion systems, including diesel and gas turbine engines. I have additional expertise in troubleshooting, machinery malfunctions and failures, and machinery accidents, including accidents leading to extensive property damage, injury, and death. I have extensive experience in the use of vibration as a diagnostic tool, as well as high speed rotor balancing. I have experience with planning and executing heavy machinery lifts, evaluations of reinforced concrete foundations, and evaluations of fabricated machinery support structures, advanced vibration analysis and applications. I have prior expert witness experience.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Failures of large and costly machinery; Evaluate failures in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) motors and fans; Identify cause for plant-wide factory explosion (combustible dust and motor sparking); Fan failures due to catastrophic vibration levels in large ventilating drive motors and fans; Cold weather troubleshooting of excessive vibration in large 20-inch natural gas valve and piping; Washing machine patent infringements.; Personal injury in an industrial machinery accident.
My consulting experience includes: Design heavy lift plans and prepare installation instructions for installation of 20,000 horsepower motor-generator set; Correct design failures in HVAC motors and fans; Determine cause of steel roll mill motor and mill vibration; Provide professional engineer certification of certain hardware; Recommend repairs of large motors used to drill ship propulsion and positioning; Provide troubleshooting of air conditioner manufacturing; Troubleshoot vibrations in large HVAC drive motors and fans, and then engineer and install specially designed damper hardware to correct vibrations; Assess equipment and machinery condition at refinery; Troubleshoot vibration in a large natural gas valve, and then recommend new valve with corrected design.
I have conducted several ship machinery troubleshooting contracts for the US Navy, which have taken me to Oahu on occasion.
I have worked for TECO Westinghouse, which has manufactured portions of wind turbines. My interest areas were various portions of the generator, including the bearings and the controls.
I have been trained in welding, both arc and gas types. I have both wire and stick welders in my workshop. Also, I have studied machine safety for a number of years. Moreover, my experience in troubleshooting of a range of machinery and equipment types allows me to quickly come up to speed on new requirements.
I have personal experience with very large, slow speed engines used in ship propulsion. Also, I have experience with smaller higher speed engines (V-16) used for generation of electric power aboard US Navy surface combatant ships.
|PhD||Mechanical Engineering||Cornell University|
|MS||Nuclear Engineering||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|BS||Mechanical Engineering||Rutgers University|
New York Professional Engineer
Awards & Affiliation
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases